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fter a three-year long battle four Socialist Party members (Glenn Kelly, Suzanne Muna, Onay Kasab and Brian Debus), were at last given justice in a court of law. UNISON has been ruled to have acted unlawfully in disciplining the four, banning them from office and taking control of their branches.

WITCH-HUNT What is clear is that the four were disciplined because they had the temerity to demand the right to debate whether union officials should be elected and live off a worker’s wage, whether ordinary members should have control over strike action and whether the union should carry on funding the Labour They were disciplined by UNISON Party, particularly at a time when on trumped-up charges of racism, a Labour government was voting after producing a leaflet at the 2007 through thousands of redundancies Unison conference, challenging of our members. the Standing Orders Committee (SOC) about ruling resolutions The Four and their supporters are off the conference agenda. demanding: The union officials tried to hide behind the smear of racism, citing • Lift the ban on the four the three wise monkeys cartoon on the leaflet. But the judgment is • Allow the four to be re-instated absolutely clear on this question: “It in their branch and national is obvious to anyone looking at the positions. cartoon that it is meant to represent the well-known image of the three • UNISON branches to be taken out wise monkeys who see no evil, hear of regional administration. no evil and speak no evil.” WASTING MEMBERS MONEY The tribunal later goes on to say that: Tens of thousands of pounds and “All four claimants are committed hundreds of hours have been used anti-racists and have fought against to try to prosecute this case against racism. They quite reasonably the four. Members have a right to assumed that anyone who saw know that every penny in the union the leaflet would understand the and every moment will be used in cartoon to be saying that the SOC defence of their jobs and aimed was out of touch and closing its at the real enemy which is the mind to and ignoring issues that employers and this government. concerned the membership. We call on all Unison members The cartoon was not a pictorial and branches to demand that this depiction of the members of the injustice be undone. SOC... but a representation of its attitude towards motions that were A model motion and the background submitted to it.” to this case can be found on the Defend the Four Website. See the Defend the Four website for more information on the ET ruling. www.stopthewitchhunt.org.uk

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